Month: November 2015

“This Changes Everything”: Naomi Klein on the Intersection of Climate Change and Economics                

Photo Credit: Lynne Foster On October 11, 2015, Canadian journalist and activist Naomi Klein spoke at the LBJ School of Public Affairs about the connection between environmentalism and economic struggles around the world.  During the previous evening UT-Austin hosted two screenings of the documentary “This Changes Everything”, a film directed by Klein’s husband Avi Lewis, which serves as a complement to her 2014 book bearing the same title.  Having previously written books dealing mainly with political and economic justice, Klein said that she turned to climate change due to her realization that issues related to climate change are intimately bound up...

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A Look at “The Guy with the Knife”: Is the Texas Criminal Justice System too Easily Manipulated?

Photo: Jon Buice behind prison glass The LBJ School of Public Affairs’ Center for Health and Social Policy (CHASP) recently collaborated with the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law at the UT Law School and the LBJ School’s Harvey Milk Society to present a screening of the film “The Guy with the Knife.” The screening was followed by a panel discussion where we were fortunate to have a star-studded lineup including the film’s director, Alison Armstrong, LBJ School Senior Lecturer and criminal justice policy expert Michele Deitch, and a number of the individuals featured in the film. “The...

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Why the Debt Ceiling is Bad Fiscal Policy

Imagine a federal policy so redundant, so archaic, and so inefficient that it fails to accomplish and even obstructs its intended objective. Now, not only is this policy an inhibition to proper governance, it frequently serves as a stage for theatrical performances from hardline politicians while threatening the historically rock solid foundation of American fiscal policy. Have you guessed it yet? When most Americans hear the term “debt ceiling”, images of crushing financial obligations and bloated government come to mind. After all, aren’t we already trillions of dollars in debt? Why should we take on even more? Survey after...

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From the National Bank of Argentina: Delfina Rossi Talks About Her Appointment, Argentinian Elections

Last year, Delfina Rossi was a first year student at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. She came to the program with a Masters in Economics from the European University Institute, and previous work experience in the European Parliament. After finishing her first year at the LBJ School, Delfina accepted an appointment from the President of Argentina – Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner – to the position of Director at the National Bank of Argentina. The appointment makes Delfina – a 26 year old Argentine native and daughter of that country’s Defense Minister, Agustin Rossi – the youngest of her colleagues at...

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The Fight Over the Climate

Photo Credit: The Texas Tribune The most intriguing panel discussion I attended at the Texas Tribune Festival this year was called “The Fight Over the Climate.” There were a total of six panelists: Dr. Andrew Dessler, Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at Texas A&M University; James Marston, VP for U.S. Climate and Energy at the Environmental Defense Fund; John Nielsen-Gammon, Texas State Climatologist; Bryan Shaw, Chairman of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality; U.S. Representative Lamar Smith. At first, the discussion was innocuous. The panelists discussed their understanding of the science of climate change and its interpretations. I found it...

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